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Celebrating MyPlate Recipes - 6th ed. 
Jun. 11, 2013 6:17 pm 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2013 5:27 pm

I'm one who once I find a good author, I like to read every one of his/her books. I'm the same way with these Allrecipes collections. I've discovered the MyPlate Collection and can't seem to get away from it. Here are the dishes I've fixed recently:

QUICK AND EASY STUFFED PEPPERS - My meatless meal for the week. A recipe that lives up to its name because it is totally cooked in the microwave! Be sure to add salt, though.

CARROT CAKE OATMEAL was a huge surprise at how tasty it was. I loved this hearty, filling oatmeal!

DREAMY NIGHTTIME DRINK, along with a favorite book, makes the perfect bedtime duo...for adults and little ones alike.

BRAISED BALSAMIC CHICKEN - This was very different for me. It had a vinegar bite to it that I wasn't crazy about. I added a little bit of sugar at the end, and that seemed to cut that bite a bit. Next time, I will do as some of the reviewers suggested and add half chicken broth and half balsamic vinegar or perhaps use white balsamic vinegar. I served it over rice. 

LEMONY STEAMED FISH - This tasted better than my photo looks :) 

OVEN ROASTED GREEK POTATOES - I really liked these. A light lemony flavor that really was great with potatoes. You just have to remember to marinate them for quite a while in advance.

CARROT SALAD - I love this recipe! I use a sweet apple and really like that there's not mayo included.

TWELVE MINUTE PASTA TOSS - One of my newest favorite recipes. I love mini farfalle, so that's what I used. Loved the flavor of the sun-dried tomatoes. 

ALL-AROUND GOOD SMOOTHIE - Yep, all around good! It seemed pretty heavy in calories, though, so I turned 1 serving into 2. And, yes, it does taste better in a lovely stemmed glass!

HOMEMADE BLACK BEAN VEGGIE BURGERS - A delicious vegetarian burger that can be baked in the oven or grilled outside. I pulse the veggies in the food processor, and then I add the black beans and pulse some more. I don't have the problem of them not holding together as other reviewers have said, and I've made them at least 4 times. 

The final recipe I want to show you is one of my new favorites, although it's not MyPlate. I have fallen in love with CHOCOLATE-Y ICED MOCHA mainly because it uses two of my favorite things - coffee and chocolate - and because there's no way it has many calories in it, especially if you use all fat-free/sugar free products. I love the blended version best, and so far, I use it for breakfast and afternoon snacks. It makes a very large serving. There are so many variations that I think it'll take all summer long for me to make them :)

Well, those are my recent meals. Be sure to let me know if you've made some healthy, good-tasting recipes lately. I'd love to try them, even if they aren't MyPlate.

Jun. 11, 2013 6:31 pm
Love how adventurous you're being, Paula! These look great, especially the oatmeal.
Jun. 11, 2013 6:39 pm
Oh, Bibi. I am very adventurous when it comes to cooking. I hardly ever fix the same dinner entree twice...or if I do, it's months apart. There are so many recipes out there to try!!!!!!
Jun. 11, 2013 7:07 pm
Hello, Paula. All the recipes you highlighted look so good. I really want to try all the smoothies. I especially want to try the carrot salad without mayo. Thanks, for sharing.
Jun. 11, 2013 10:16 pm
Nice job, as usual! I looked at that smoothie but the protein powder and flax oil threw me. I have the Chocolate Iced Mocha on my agenda, I just need to make some chocolate syrup. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I am the same way about authors.
Jun. 12, 2013 6:28 am
Lela - I love that carrot salad! Of course, I like sweet, so I use a sweet apple like honeycrisp. I'm thinking the type of apple you use will really change the taste.
Jun. 12, 2013 6:33 am
BigShotsMom - Try that smoothie. It's good. I used a vanilla protein powder which added a little sweetness to the plain yogurt and then added in my ground flax seed. I always add the flax toward the beginning and blend the heck out of it. Flax is supposed to be good for us, so I try to add it to my diet at least once a day.
Jun. 12, 2013 8:19 am
Nicely done, Paula. Everything looks great.
Jun. 12, 2013 1:09 pm
Thanks, Marie.
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